A new report from the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) has shown that smoking rates decline at a far more rapid rate in countries whose governments allow vaping to flourish.
In recent years, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (UK) have (intentionally or not) facilitated a fairly liberal market for vaping products. PRA’s research concluded that each country has seen smoking prevalence drop twice as fast as the global average.
In the UK, between 2012 and 2016, the smoking rate fell from 20.4 percent to 16.1 percent. Further reductions since mean that there are now 25 percent fewer smokers than in 2012. This compares to a mere one percentage point decline between 2014 and 2020 across the EU.
In France, where no tax is applied to vapes and they are also recognized by health authorities as a smoking cessation aid, the number of people vaping who no longer smoked increased by 110.6 percent from 23.5 percent in 2014 to 49.5 percent in 2017.
Martin Cullip – Townhall – 2021-09-21.